The U.S. Department of Education recently proposed a number of rules regarding college recruitment and student aid and is now taking comments on them.
According to the proposed regulations, the department will be more empowered to enforce actions against institutions that misrepresent the programs they offer to students. During recent hearings, officials heard from students who said they were mislead on a number of issues, including how their education would be paid for and what was actually being provided in terms of learning.
Students also said they felt as though certain institutions weren’t clear on what their prospects were for getting a job upon the completion of the programs offered.
"We share a goal of ensuring that all Americans get the education and training needed to find meaningful and rewarding work," Education Secretary Arnie Duncan said. "Every institution of higher education is our partner in that effort."
Final rules from the department will be published on November 1 and would take effect in July of next year. Officials are also proposing regulations that would further limit the ability of recruiters to aggressively pursue students and push them into loans they cannot afford.